With 253 players chosen, the NFL draft is officially over. Here is each team’s best and worst draft pick.
Best Pick: Paxton Lynch, Quarterback, Memphis, first round
In taking Paxton Lynch, the Broncos have secured their franchise quarterback moving forward. In order to acquire Lynch, the Broncos had to trade up to prevent teams like Dallas and Cleveland from taking him. Lynch may not be ready to go right away, but his physical tools give him tremendous upside going forward.
Worst Pick: Adam Gotsis, Defensive Line, Georgia Tech, second round
Adam Gotsis was a reach in the second round. Gotsis is a scheme versatile defensive lineman who can get after the quarterback, but he grew up playing rugby and is still very raw.
Kansas City Chiefs
Best Pick: Chris Jones, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State, second round
Chris Jones is a first round talent who fits in today’s NFL. Jones is a defensive tackle with great athleticism and the ability to rush the passer. The Chiefs acquired him after trading back with San Francisco and stockpiling picks as well.
Worst Pick: Tyreek Hill, Wide Receiver, West Alabama, fifth round
Tyreek Hill was a productive college player, but he has massive off the field issue. Hill started his college career at Oklahoma State, but was forced to transfer after choking and punching his pregnant girlfriend. Hill is still in the middle of a three year probation.
Best Pick: Vadal Alexander, Guard, LSU, seventh round
Vadal Alexander may never be a full time starter for Oakland. However, he could develop into a starting guard or right tackle down the line due to his physical tools. One analyst compared Alexander to former third round pick and current starter Gabe Jackson. That potential is fantastic for a seventh rounder.
Worst Pick: DeAndre Washington, Running Back, Texas Tech, fifth round
I like DeAndrew Washington. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield should pair nicely with Latavius Murray’s physical running style. However, I do not believe he was one of the five best back available at the time, making this a reach.
San Diego Chargers
Best Pick: Joshua Perry, Linebacker, Ohio State, fourth round
San Diego had a great draft. Getting Josh Perry in the fourth round was a steal for a team that needs help on the front seven. I had Perry as a second round talent. Perry is not great in pass coverage, but he is an underrated athlete and great against the run.
Worst Pick: Drew Kaser, Punter, Texas A&M, sixth round
I really do not have a problem with Drew Kaser, but taking a punter in the sixth round when quality players are available is a stretch for me. In truth, the Chargers had a solid draft. I would not classify any of their picks as “bad”.
Best Pick: KJ Dillon, Safety, West Virginia, fifth round
KJ Dillon can be a starting safety in this league. Dillon teamed with Karl Joseph to make a dynamite secondary at West Virginia, and anytime a team can get starting-caliber players in the fifth round it is a great pick.
Worst Pick: Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame, first round
I understand why the Texans took Fuller. They wanted somebody with speed to stretch defenses and take the pressure off of DeAndre Hopkins. However, I think Fuller is a reach in the first round. His hands are at best questionable, and he catches everything with his body.
Best Pick: Hassan Ridgeway, Defensive Tackle, Texas, fourth round
A victim of depth at his position, Ridgeway is a day two talent taken in the fourth round. I really like his ability to get after the passer. Le’Raven Clark in the third round was great value as well.
Worst Pick: TJ Green, Safey, Clemson, second round
TJ Green is a freak athletically. You can argue he is a better athlete than Jalen Ramsey. But Green is really, really raw. Great 40 times do not make great players. All in all, still a good draft from the Colts.
Best Pick: Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA, second round
Myles Jack is a top five talent. His issue was his knee injury. However, Dr. James Andrews believes Jack will not need microfracture surgery on his knee, indicating Jack does not have a degenerate issue. If that is true, Jacksonville got the steal of the draft.
Worst Pick: Jonathan Woodard, Defensive End, Central Arkansas, seventh round
In all honesty, Jacksonville did not make a bad pick in this draft. The reason I picked Woodard is because he went to Central Arkansas, my dad’s alma mater and the only college in America with a purple football field.
Best Pick: Kevin Dodd, Defensive End, Clemson, Second Round
Kevin Dodd was a great value pick for Tennessee in the early second round. His ability to bend the edge when getting to the quarterback is very impressive. I am also confident he can shift from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebacker.
Worst Pick: Derrick Henry, Running Back, Alabama, second round
I am not saying Derrick Henry is a bad football player. I am not saying he will not be successful in the league. However, the Titans received the first pick for a reason. They had many, many holes to fill on their football team, and running back is not an important position when drafting. Also, the team traded for DeMarco Murray in the offseason. Tennessee could have taken one of the many talented defensive players still on the board at that point.
Best Pick: All five fourth round Picks
In the Fourth Round, Baltimore picked cornerback Tavon Young, wide receiver Chris Moore, offensive tackle Alex Lewis, defensive tackle Willie Henry, and running back Kenneth Dixon. All five players have a legitimate chance of being a full time starter at their position in the NFL. This is why Ozzie Newsome is a legend among GMs.
Worst Pick: Keenan Reynolds, Quarterback/Running Back/Receiver, Navy, sixth round
This is the only pick Baltimore made that is really questionable. Since Reynolds went to Navy, he will have to complete his five year service commitment in the armed forces. While I have the upmost respect for Reynolds as a person for his decision, he will lose five years of his potential career because of this. Reynolds also does not have a defined position, despite setting the NCAA record for touchdowns from scrimmage with 88. Thank you for your service, Keenan. Stay safe.
Best Pick: Christian Westerman, Guard, Arizona State, fifth round
Cincinnati got two incredible day three steals with Westerman and defensive tackle Andrew Billings. Westerman is an athletic guard who is a very good run blocker. His pass protection is not ideal, but athletic guards like Westerman are tough to find.
Worst Pick: William Jackson III, Cornerback, Houston, first round
William Jackson has a good combination of ball skills and athleticism. However, first round picks are almost always players who are day one starters in the league (with the exception of some quarterbacks). With Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Darqueze Dennard all on the roster, it may be difficult for Jackson to get playing time.
Best Pick: Carl Nassib, Defensive End, Penn State, third round
Usually, I am worried about “one year wonder” players. Not only did Nassib never start a college game until this year, he was not a starter on his high school team. However, Nassib was great off the edge this past season. Nassib led division one in sacks, while showing an ability to bend the edge and wow scouts.
Worst Pick: Taking five wide receivers in the draft
This year, the Browns drafted five wide receivers. Corey Coleman, Ricardo Louis, Seth DeValve, Jordan Payton, and Rashard Higgins will all be headed to Cleveland for training camp. Cleveland already had seven receivers on the roster. I understand when a team has as many draft picks as the Browns this year, there will be redundancy. At what point is it too much? Also they picked Cody Kessler in the third round. #TotalBrownsMove
Best Pick: Tyler Matakevich, Linebacker, seventh round
Tyler Matakevich is an instinctive, do it all linebacker. In college, he was all over the field, notching tackles, stopping running backs for a loss, and intercepting five passes. Matakevich is not a great athlete by any means, but his instincts and versatility may land him a spot in the Steelers rotation.
Worst Pick: Sean Davis, Safety, Maryland, second round
Sean Davis has all the athletic tools to be a very good NFL player. However, Davis is very raw as a prospect. The Steelers selected another raw defensive back prospect in round one with Artie Burns, making two picks that are rolls of the dice. In fairness to Pittsburgh, the defensive backfield was their biggest need.
Best Pick: Reggie Ragland, Linebacker, Alabama, second round
Any time a team gets first round talent in the second round, it is a win. For the Bills, a team that really needed to improve their front seven, Ragland is a great pick. Ragland bring tenacity, leadership, and run stuffing to the center of a defense
Worst Pick: Cardale Jones, Quarterback, Ohio State, fourth round
I do not trust Cardale Jones as a quarterback. After hearing about his love of video games, and how it affected his practice time, I had my doubts. I am seriously worried about Jones’s love for the game. He could be the next Daunte Culpepper, but he could also be Jamarcus Russell. I would steer clear.
Best Pick: Kenyan Drake, Running Back, Alabama, third round
Kenyan Drake never got a chance to be the standalone back in college. Because of this, he did not get the touches most of the other running backs in this class received. Despite this, Drake’s tape was really impressive. He has great long speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield. This is an important pick for a team sorely needing a running back.
Worst Pick: Leonte Carroo, Wide Receiver, Rutgers, third round
Leonte Carroo has good upside as a big receiver with decent speed. That being said, the Dolphins wasted a pick. Miami has their receivers of the future in Devante Parker and Jarvis Landry. For a team that needed pieces on defense, taking a receiver in round three was not the best idea. Carroo was suspended due to a domestic incident while at Rutgers. Many scouts have questions about his character.
New England Patriots
Best Pick: Malcolm Mitchell, Wide Receiver, Georgia, fourth round
Malcolm Mitchell was a player I had tabbed as a potential sleeper going into this year’s draft. Before his injury at Georgia, Mitchell was a monster. It took him a long time to recover from his ACL injury, but Mitchell’s recovery seems to be complete. Mitchell is a great route runner who accels after the catch. Throw in a 4.45 40 yard dash and the Patriots may have got themselves a player.
Worst Pick: Jacoby Brissett, Quarterback, North Carolina State, third round
Due to Tom Brady’s suspension, the only quarterback on New England’s roster is Jimmy Garoppolo. Brissett gives the Patriots quarterback depth. However, the Patriots used a third round pick on Brissett when quarterbacks like Connor Cook were still on the board.
New York Jets
Best Pick: Charone Peake, Wide Receiver, Clemson, seventh round
Simply put, Peake was a receiver with a third or fourth round grade taken near the end of the NFL draft. That is outstanding value. Also, Clemson receivers have been doing pretty well recently.
Worst Pick: Lac Edwards, Punter, Sam Houston State, seventh round
You know what happens when you rearrange the words in Lac? You get ACL. That’s a bad omen. In all seriousness, good draft from the Jets.
Best Pick: Evan Boehm, Center, Missouri, fourth round
As more teams start using interior pass rushers, the need for quality interior lineman increases. Boehm was a top five center in this year’s class. Great value on day three.
Worst Pick: Not Drafting a Quarterback
Carson Palmer has been fantastic for the Cardinals. Unfortunately, Palmer is 36 and dealing with multiple injuries. His backup is Drew Stanton, who is below average and over 30 himself. Eventually, Arizona will have to find Palmer’s successor.
Los Angeles Rams
Best Pick: Josh Forrest, Linebacker, Kentucky, sixth round
Forrest is a lanky, athletic linebacker with great range. With the shift towards sub-package football, Forrest should get reps as a rookie, with the potential to transition into a multi-down starter.
Worst Pick: Second and third round selections
The second and third round picks were awful for the Rams, mainly because they did not have any. Trading up is always a risky move, mainly because the cost of trading up is always so high. The Rams got their quarterback in Jared Goff, but lost the chance to take multiple players who could contribute.
San Francisco 49ers
Best Pick: DeForest Buckner, Defensive End, Oregon, first round
The 49ers were probably tempted to take a player like Laremy Tunsil, but taking Buckner was the right choice. When the 49ers were great a few years ago, they had a great front seven. Buckner is powerful and disruptive, and can play anywhere along the line.
Worst Pick: Joshua Garnett, Guard, Stanford, first round
Josh Garnett may develop into a reliable starter for San Francisco due to his great run blocking. However, San Francisco traded a second, fourth, and sixth round pick to move up ten spots… to take a guard in the first round. Questionable.
Best Pick: Jarran Reed, Defensive Tackle, Alabama, second round
Jarran Reed was one of several players with first round grades to last to the back half of the second round. The Seahawks lost Brandon Mebane, and taking Reed as a replacement is a good place to start.
Worst Pick: Not taking a guard
The Seahawks desperately needed to retool their offensive line. While they did take a center on day three, the Seahawks did not take a guard during the entire draft. They did deem it necessary to take three running backs, though.
Best Pick: Deion Jones, Linebacker, LSU, second round
Deion Jones is a hyper-athletic linebacker who can make plays from sideline to sideline and cover effectively. Jones will probably end up in the hybrid linebacker/safety role that is becoming common in the NFL.
Worst Pick: Keanu Neal, Safety, Florida, first round
Apparently, the Falcons really like Keanu Neal. The guy can be an enforcer over the middle, but I am very worried about his coverage skills. In order to draft Neal, the Falcons passed on Darron Lee, someone who fit their system so well it’s stupid.
Best Pick: Vernon Butler, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech, first round
The Panthers defensive tackle are both getting older and nearing the ends of their contract. For a team that focuses on the trenches, getting an athletic pass rusher like Butler was a big deal.
Worst Pick: Using three out of five selections on corners
After losing Josh Norman, Carolina’s draft strategy was apparently, “Take a bunch of corners late and hope one becomes good.” Other than Butler and the cornerbacks, Carolina’s only other selections was a tight end taken with the second to last pick in the entire draft.
New Orleans Saints
Best Pick: Vonn Bell, Safety, Ohio State, second round
Vonn Bell was the best pure cover safety in this year’s draft. New Orleans had arguably the worst secondary of any team in this year’s draft. I would say this pick makes sense, especially in the back half of round two.
Worst Pick: David Onyemata, Defensive Tackle, Manitoba, fourth round
Every NFL team should have a Canadian with a cool name like Onyemata. Onyemata has a high ceiling, but a really, really low basement. Onyemata is very raw and will need a few years to develop, assuming he does develop.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Best Pick: Noah Spence, Outside Linebacker, Eastern Kentucky, second round
Noah Spence might have been the best pure pass rusher in the entire draft. Tampa Bay got him in the second round. Pairing him with first round pick Vernon Hargreaves will really help this defense.
Worst Pick: Roberto Aguayo, Kicker, Florida State, second round
The Bucs traded up to take a kicker in the second round. That’s about it.
Best Pick: Deandre Houston-Carson, Safety, William & Mary, Sixth Round
DHC was a highly productive player at one of the top programs at the FCS level. I love his motor and leadership. If he transitions well, the Bears got a steal
Worst Pick: Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker, Georgia, first round
Leonard Floyd has ridiculous upside. Like 15 sacks a year upside. He may also only be a situational pass rusher. His height and speed are rare, but Floyd lacks the power and advanced technique that other players who were available had.
Best Pick: A’Shawn Robinson, Defensive Tackle, Alabama, second round
I was/am not the biggest fan of A’Shawn Robinson. He is not good as a pass rusher and his motor is off and on. As a space-eating defensive tackle, though, he has potential. The Lions desperately needed to retool their interior defensive line.
Worst Pick: Jake Rudock, Quarterback, Michigan, sixth round
Did Jake Rudock deserve to be drafted? Absolutely not. Were there other quarterbacks who are much better? Absolutely. Does the fact that he is a Michigan quarterback taken in the sixth round change my mind about how awful this pick was? No way. The Lions took a long snapper in the sixth round, and this is still a worse pick.
Green Bay Packers
Best Pick: Kyler Fackrell, Outside Linebacker, Utah State, third round
Fackrell is an athletic edge rusher who gets to the quarterback. Green Bay needed linebacker help far more than any other position. I do not know if Fackrell has the ability to be a three down player, but he can play as a situational pass rusher for sure.
Worst Pick: Taking Kenny Clark over Reggie Ragland
As i mentioned before, linebacker was by far Green Bay’s biggest need this year. Especially inside linebacker. So when the player who fit their scheme the most was available at pick 27, they passed on him and took the eighth best defensive tackle available. Nice.
Best Pick: Moritz Boehringer, Wide Receiver, Germany, sixth round
Moritz Boehringer was by far my favorite player in this draft. This kid can fly. At 6’4″, 230 pounds with 4.4 speed and a 40 inch vertical, Boehringer is an athletic freak. He has a great attitude, and loves the game more than most Americans. He may be the only person in the universe who makes me want to watch Vikings preseason games.
Worst Pick: Moritz Boehringer, Wide Receiver, Germany, sixth round
Boehringer played in the German Football League last year. His level of competition is essentially an average high school team. Boehringer catches passes with his body, and does not have good acceleration. He does not know many routes, his hips are stiff, and he was probably drafted for PR purposes. No way this kid can succeed in the league, right?
Best Pick: Charles Tapper, Defensive End, Oklahoma, fourth round
The Cowboys desperately need help getting after the quarterback. Tapper is a great athlete who can really help Dallas in that regard. Not to mention, Tapper will gets lots of playing time the first four weeks of the season.
Worst Pick: Rico Gathers, Power Forward, Baylor, sixth round
The Cowboys drafted somebody who has not played football since he was 14. Is he an athletic freak with great size? Yes, but so are “professional” wrestlers, and they do not get drafted. Nobody tell Rico I said he was a bad pick, though. He’s scary.
New York Giants
Best Pick: Paul Perkins, Running Back, UCLA, Fifth Round
I thought Paul Perkins was the second best back in this class. When I watched his tape, I thought he was the next Lesean McCoy. Getting him in the fifth round is awesome value. I am definitely drafting him in fantasy next year.
Worst Pick: Not Drafting Terron Beckham
If you do not know who Terron Beckham is, you need to look him up. The cousin of Odell Beckham, Terron Beckham may have been the best all around athlete to declare for the draft. At his pro day, Terron had a 44.5 inch vertical, put up 36 reps on the bench press, and ran the 40 yard dash in 4.47 seconds.
Best Pick: Jalen Mills, Safety, LSU, seventh round
If Jalen Mills had not been injured, he probably would have been a second round pick. Jalen Mills has the quick hips to play in the nickel, and is very good in zone coverage. Philadelphia needed defensive back depth, and the got it with Mills.
Worst Pick: Not having a second or fourth-round pick
Much like the Rams, the Eagles were forced to give up a large package of picks to trade up. Not having those players will hurt in the long run, especially if Wentz does not develop. Also, the Eagles have invested a stupid amount of money into their three quarterbacks.
Best Pick: Keith Marshall, Running Back, Georgia, seventh round
Much like teammate Malcolm Mitchell, Marshall was a monster before his injury. Marshall was a more highly rated recruit than Todd Gurley, if that tells you anything. Marshall has 4.3 speed and could be a home run hitter for Washington
Worst Pick: Not Changing the Mascot
Hey Dan Snyder, everybody still wants you to change your mascot. It is a racial slur, and no matter how hard you claim you try, you can not make a racial slur sound respectful. Maybe if you change your name, you’ll actually win a playoff game instead of being the modern image of mediocrity.
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